Jerry Smith (coach)
Personal information
Date of birth (1930-09-09)September 9, 1930
Place of birth Dayton, Ohio
Date of death August 6, 2011(2011-08-06) (aged 80)
Place of death San Diego, California
Career information
Position(s) Guard
College Wisconsin
NFL Draft 1952 / Round 8 / Pick 94
Head coaching record
Career record 2-3
Playing stats Pro Football Reference
Playing stats DatabaseFootball
Coaching stats Pro Football Reference
Coaching stats DatabaseFootball
Team(s) as a player
1952–1953, 1956
San Francisco 49ers
Green Bay Packers
Team(s) as a coach/administrator
1971 Denver Broncos

Jerome Anthony Smith (September 9, 1930 – August 6, 2011) was an American football player and coach. After Smith's college football career, which he spent at Wisconsin, the National Football League's (NFL) San Francisco 49ers selected Smith in the 1952 NFL Draft. He played at left guard for the team in 1952 and 1953. In 1956, he split time between the 49ers and Green Bay Packers. Smith played in 29 games during his NFL career.[1]

Beginning in 1960, he joined the Boston Patriots as a coach of the team's defensive linemen and linebackers. Two years later, he took a similar role with the Buffalo Bills; in his six years as a Bills coach, the team won two American Football League championships.[2] In 1968, the Cleveland Browns hired Smith as an assistant personnel director.[3] From 1969 to 1970, Smith coached in the New Orleans Saints organization. The following year, he became the Denver Broncos' offensive line coach.[2] On November 17, 1971, Broncos head coach Lou Saban, who had also been Smith's boss in Boston and Buffalo, resigned and Smith was named his replacement for the season's last five games.[2][4] The Broncos posted a 2–3 record under Smith.[5] Following the 1971 season, he became the Houston Oilers' defensive line coach for 1972; after one season, he returned to the Browns and served multiple roles.[3]


  1. "Jerry Smith". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 2010-06-06.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Mossman, John (1971-11-18). "Smith Is 'Flabbergasted' In Replacing Saban". The Owosso Argus-Press. Associated Press.,2021697. Retrieved 2010-06-06.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "New Job for Jerry Smith". The Milwaukee Journal. 1973-02-16.,3570045. Retrieved 2010-06-06.
  4. "Lou Saban Resigns As Coach At Denver". Bangor Daily News. Associated Press. 1971-11-18.,1478093. Retrieved 2010-06-06.
  5. "Jerry Smith". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 2010-06-06.

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